Global Environment


Officers should be aware of international organisations and frameworks with prominent roles in the protection of intellectual property.

Core Learning Resources

  European Patent Office

Intergovernmental organisation established on the basis of the European Patent Convention

  Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market

Manages the community trade mark and the registered community design


European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights

  World Intellectual Property Organisation

Global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. Includes global databases of patent documents, brand information and international marks

Training Courses

  European Patent Academy

European Patent Office

  OHIM Academy

Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market

  IP Crime Investigators College


  WIPO Academy

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

Further Reading

  European Patent Convention

European Patent Office, 2016

  European Court of Justice Cases

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Dan Rogerson, 2014

  WIPO Administered Treaties


In particular, see:

  • Berne Convention (copyright)
  • Paris Convention (aligns filing dates of applications from multiple countries)
  • Hague Agreement (designs)
  • Madrid Protocol (trade marks)

  Trade-Related Aspects of International Property Rights

WIPO, 1994

  Patent Cooperation Treaty: International Patent System


  Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

World Trade Organisation